How To Get Motivated To Create The Career You Really Want

in career •  21 days ago

If you want to be successful at anything really, then you should know that getting and staying motivated is the secret sauce to your success. I'm talking about a foolproof way you can stop being stuck and start getting motivated to get the career you want.

Let's say you find yourself in a situation where you just can't bring yourself to take action for your career or even for something else.  these tips I'm going to share for anything that you're trying to get motivated to do. I actually used these same ideas when I decided to go back to school and I've already completed enough course hours to get my post-grad certification in Data Science.

So if you find yourself in a situation where you don't feel motivated at work, it's likely that you're probably in a burn out phase. It's tough to get out of this because you're in the sense of lethargy. You're apathetic. You don't care, but secretly you do care, but not enough to get you motivated to do anything about it. It's a scary place to be, right? It's like watching a car crash in slow motion. You see it happening, but you're frozen and you can't seem to do anything to stop it. I'm going to help you out right now, and what I'd like to do.

That's my phrase for saying that I'm going to give you the punchline right now. The punchline is this. Don't think about the future. Focus on making one small move today. That's it. Motivation comes from doing things. When you're feeling tired and apathetic it's sometimes really mentally hard to get that doing going. So you spend your time wishing for some kind of miraculous solution that's just going to fall into your lap. Or you spend time complaining about your situation or talking about what you wish would happen, but you don't actually do anything about it. When you're in this frame of mind it's really hard to make any big changes, and the idea of the amount of work it's going to take to make any change at all seems overwhelming.

I mean, how do you go from having no LinkedIn presence to a killer LinkedIn profile with tons of connections? How do you go from not knowing how to build a great resume to get your resume on the top of the pile every time? How do you go from dreading going to your desk every morning to actually waking up with a smile on your face every day? It seems like too huge of a mountain to climb. I get it. I follow this great weight loss coach, and she says the same thing. You can't go from Big Macs to broccoli overnight. It's too hard. Motivation does come from doing, and it doesn't have to be a big doing, just a little doing done consistently, is more than enough. Tip number one is make a small move every day. It doesn't matter if you don't have your career goals sorted out. Or maybe your goal is simply to get your career goal sorted out. Fine. That's brilliant, but you can start this process without even having a goal in place. In fact, if you're really stuck, I actually recommend not setting a goal yet because once you start getting motivated, your goals are going to shift around anyways.

So here's what I want you to do. Make a commitment to yourself to do one small thing for your career today. Okay? Keep it small in the beginning, and if you've never been on LinkedIn before, maybe your goal is just to find a YouTube video that will give you a LinkedIn 101. Don't even have to watch it. Just find the video. It can be that small of a task. Or maybe your goal today is just to write down one thing that you like about your job or one thing that you would like in a new job. Make the actions small, and just focus on what you're doing today.

Tip number two is set tomorrow's task after you are finished today's. The minute you're finished today's task decide on what you want tomorrow's task to be. What is that mini power move that's going to get you moving forward? Whatever you decide it is the deal is you have to make a commitment to yourself that you're going to do it.

So only make it as big as it needs to be to make you a little uncomfortable, but it also needs to be achievable. The minute you say, "I'm going to try and do this," it's over. You're not going to do it. It's like Yoda says, "There is no try." Make it something that you feel 100% confident that you will do, so however small it needs to be, make it that small. Then after you complete tomorrow's task, then you can decide what the next mini power move is going to be. Don't worry about that right now. Then slowly, once you get through even your first week, you're going to start feeling a little different, and then after you get through your second week, you're going to feel even a little bit more different.

Small moves executed consistently. That's what's going to help you figure out what's next. Clarity comes from momentum. Tip number three, the future's off limits. I don't want you to think into the future for the event tomorrow because what lives in the future? Worry, overwhelm, anxiety, self-doubt. When you catch yourself thinking about all the stuff that you need to do, just stop, refocus. Just focus on what you need to do today, and your next mini-power move. That's it. No future planning. Not until you know that you're ready to take it a bit further. So those are the three things you need to do to move from being stuck to getting motivated to really get a job that will pay you well for the work you do.

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